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Armed Forces: Piracy

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) ships, (b) rotary wing aircraft, and (c) other assets, are deployed in combating piracy off the Horn of Africa. [HL3924]

There are currently three maritime assets (two ships and one helicopter) operating around the Horn of Africa. HMS “Portland”, with a Lynx MK8 helicopter on board, is conducting maritime operations which include counter- piracy and protecting vulnerable shipping. HMS “Portland” is supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker “Wave Knight”.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how much British naval deployments in combating piracy have cost in each year since 2007. [HL3925]

Combating piracy is one of a number of concurrent tasks carried out by Royal Navy units. Therefore, the cost of the British naval deployments in combating piracy could only be broken down at disproportionate cost.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of (a) British ships, and (b) other maritime assets, participating in Operation Atalanta following the increase in size of Atalanta's area of responsibility. [HL3926]

The UK provided HMS “Northumberland” from the start of Operation Atalanta on 8 December 2008 to the 28 February 2009. Currently, we have no plans to contribute further UK assets to Operation Atalanta, but we keep this under review in light of UK operational priorities and force generation requirements.